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Ironman World Championship in Clearwater draws more than 1,500 participants

ironman draws more than 1,500

More than 1,500 triathletes descended on the streets of Clearwater and the surrounding beaches for the fifth and final installment of the Foster Grant Ironman World Championship 70.3 on Saturday.

Starting and finishing at Pier 60 on Clearwater Beach, Michael Raelert of Germany traversed the 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run in 3:41:19 to win.

England's Jodie Swallow was the women's champion in 4:06:28.

Among Pinellas County competitors, Vince Tenaglia of Clearwater was the top finisher. Tenaglis completed the race in 4:33:42. He was 27th runner to cross the finish line from Florida.

Jennifer Hutchison had the fastest time among local female competitors, crossing the line in 5:09:03.

The following local triathletes completed the race: Robert Maue, Clearwater, 4:36:59; Daniel Chechele, St. Petersburg, 4:37:52; Nathanael Glack, St. Petersburg, 4:39:45; Lance Chambers, St. Petersburg 4:40:02; Rob Boos, Belleair, 4:42:01; John MacEdo, Clearwater, 4:43:18; David Frazer, St. Petersburg, 4:50:05; Ben Wright, Palm Harbor, 4:59:36; Matthew Thomas, Tierra Verde, 5:03:06; David Bell, St. Petersburg, 5:09:24; Brian Scott, Largo, 5:10:49; John Glasscock, St. Petersburg, 5:15:15; Jeff Mount, Palm Harbor, 5:25:12; James Musial, St. Petersburg, 5:27:35; Frankie McDermond, Pinellas Park, 5:28:47; Larry Witt, Palm Harbor, 5:30:37; Allison Coletti, Belleair, 5:31:51; Shannon Shearer, Largo, 5:33:44; Sandy Rogers, Largo, 5:38:55; Matthew Weidner, St. Petersburg 5:39:10 John Smith Ii, St. Petersburg, 5:45:24; Reva Moeller, Treasure Island, 5:48:33; Marcos Alegre, Seminole, 5:51:21; Chelsea Fulfort, St. Petersburg, 6:01:50; Rick Wilson, Palm Harbor, 6:03:53; Jaih Jackson, St. Petersburg, 6:05:08; Carter Jones, Dunedin, 6:05:43; David Wilson, Palm Harbor, 6:05:52; Kent Rodahaver, St. Petersburg, 6:06:03; Mary Repp, Palm Harbor, 6:27:59; Clare Kelley, St. Petersburg, 6:28:44; Sofia Bereza, Clearwater, 6:30:21; Justina Guenthner, Clearwater, 6:30:24; Kirstin Johnson, Largo, 6:31:05; Brian Gove, Clearwater, 6:39:27; Michael Bardecki, St. Petersburg, 6:56:16; Brian Stancari, Safety Harbor, 6:57:06; David Allbritton, Clearwater, 7:09:09.


Andrew Chandler nudged Keith Sawayda at the tape to win the Run for Rotary 6.8-mile race in Holiday on Sunday.

Chandler, 37 of St. Petersburg, and Sawayda, 47 of Clearwater, each showed a time of 40:41 upon completion of the race, which had 49 participants.

The women's race wasn't nearly as close as Lisa Williams, 32 of Largo, won by nearly four minutes in 46:21.

Dunedin's Amanda Daniels won first place in the women's 25-29 year old age group in 58:41, and Brian McManus from St. Petersburg ran 55:59 to grab the men's 40-44 group.

Amy Canavan had the best showing at the 3.9-mile Run for Rotary race on Sunday.

Canavan, 35 of Palm Harbor, was third in the women's race with a time of 30:54. She was the top runner in the women's 35-39 group.

Also winning their age group locally were: (F15-19) Mary Margaret Mason, Safety Harbor, 33:22; (F20-24) Tara Carillon, Clearwater, 33:00; (F25-29) Jessica Carillon, Clearwater, 32:00; (F50-54) Camille Valentino, Palm Harbor, 35:28; (M55-59) Angelo Lontakos, Tarpon Springs, 40:14; (F65-69) Jean Hayes, Tarpon Springs, 40:07.

Paris Williams (25:20) of Odessa and Natalie Dudley (29:08) of Trinity were the men's and women's champions in the 3.9-miler, which had 81 finishers.


St. Petersburg resident Albert Wieringa recently earned a couple top finishes while visiting Panama for two weeks.

Racing a 10K Sunday in Panama City, Wieringa, 64, won first place in the men's 60 and older age group after crossing the finish line in 42:47.

A week earlier on Nov. 7, Wieringa captured the men's 60 and older age group at the Panama Armed Forces Running Association Five-Miler in Clayton, Panama. Wieringa ran 33:57 and placed third overall.


While visiting his daughter at the University of Florida, St. Petersburg resident Craig Hutchison ran the Greater Gator Duathlon on Nov. 7 and placed first in the men's 50-54 division.

Hutchison, 53, crossed the finish line in 57:47 and was first in his age group by 40 seconds.

.upcoming events


• Tarpon Springs track workout, Tarpon Springs High, 5:30 a.m., (813) 690-8989

• Progressive Training track workout, Wednesdays 7 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., University of Tampa track, (813) 846-5021,

• Swim workout, 7 a.m., Total Fitness, Tarpon Springs, (813) 690-8989


• Swim workout, 7 a.m., Total Fitness, Tarpon Springs, $6 fee, (813) 690-8989


• Ragnar Relay Florida, 201 miles, Port Richey to Daytona Beach. 12 runners per team, each team member runs three legs ranging from 3-9 miles. Each team is allowed two support vehicles. Registration and maps:


• Heel to Heal 5K and 1-miler, 8 a.m., Hyde Park Village, Tampa. (813) 269-0955

• Fight for Air Stair Climb, 20 floors, 9 a.m., Phillips Point West Tower, West Palm Beach. or (561) 659-7644

• Harvest Hustle 5K, 8 a.m., Bradenton. (941) 782-7023

• West Florida "Y" Runners Club group runs: 13 miles at 6 a.m., Clearwater City Hall, (727) 421-7323; 5 miles at 7 a.m., Chesnut Park, Palm Harbor, (727) 644-7702,

• Ride and Run workout, Total Fitness, Tarpon Springs, (813) 690-8989.

• Gaither Workout, 7:15 a.m., behind Lifestyle Fitness at Mapledale/Dale Mabry, Tampa. Experienced cyclists only (shortest route 32m), (813) 238-2464,

• Stanley Ride, 7:30 a.m., Seffner Elementary, novices and up, min. 23m round-trip at 12 mph, breakfast in Plant City, (813) 684-3505,


• Ameriprise HungeRun. 8:30 a.m., Al Lopez Park, Tampa.

• The Women's Half Marathon, 7 a.m., downtown St. Petersburg. or (727) 502-9202, ext. 300

• X-Country Marathon (30K, half-marathon and 5K), Alafia River State Park, Lithia. or (813) 232-5200

• Morning run, 7 a.m., flag pole start at Fred Howard Park, Tarpon Springs, (813) 690-8989

• West Florida Y Runners Club, 13 miles at 6 a.m., City Hall, Clearwater, (727) 515-1374

• Pinellas Peddlers Ride, East Mease parking lot, Dunedin. Saturday: 20m, Sunday: open/fast, (813) 736-4432

• RunVie 12-week training, distances vary, 8 a.m., various locations, (813) 854-2426,


• Swim workout, 5:30 p.m., Total Fitness, Tarpon Springs, (813) 690-8989


• Clearwater High School track workout, 5 a.m., (727) 442-5838

• Dunedin group run, 6:30 p.m., American Running Company, 1689 Main St., (727) 736-8232

NOV. 25

• St. Petersburg Times Turkey Trot 10K (8:45 a.m.), Wingding 5K (7 a.m.) and Fun Run 5K (7:30 a.m.) and 1-mile Gobbler (8:30 a.m.), Clearwater High School. or (727) 442-5838

• Thanksgiving 10-miler and 5K, 7:30 a.m., DeLand. (386) 736-0002

NOV. 27

• Autumn Fest 5K, 6 p.m., Safety Harbor Marina. (727) 420-4666

Ironman World Championship in Clearwater draws more than 1,500 participants 11/16/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 16, 2010 11:46am]
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